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    Question Flyer pens

    Please post pics of your flyer pens. I'd like to see how you accommodate for water and protect from predators.

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    No pics, but when we had our upland preserve, the pens were soft nylon net but the pen wall bottoms' were protected from ground predation with sheets of metal roofing varmints couldn't climb or tear through. The trick to keeping them from burrowing under was burying a foot or so of metal angling outward. Industrious predators will dig to China to get under a vertical barrier, but for whatever reason, won't back up in that attempt.

    We used regular poultry feeders in the sheltered portion of the pens and automatic, float activated waterers at the far end of the pen. Then putting barriers across the width of the pen that you can readily stop over but the birds can't just hop insures they'll at least get a little flight exercise coming and going from feed to water.

    Others may well have better suggestions, but that's where a decade of caring for our pheasants and chukar left me.
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    We have 2 bird pens so here is what i learned.
    We used old fence underneath the pen, then found a source for discarded paving stones and fit them in and finally gravel on top of the stones. The outside perimeter has treated lumber at the base with the bottom fence wire stapled up.
    Metal roofing material laid horizontal for the first 36" or however wide it is.
    Chainlink fence to the top. Be sure to have drainage away

    These are not brood pens but a place to keep flyers for training silly us keep ducks and pheasants together with an occasional chuckar. The size is about 15'x15'.

    No critters breaking in or out.
    Hope it helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Hall View Post
    No pics, but when we had our upland preserve, the pens were soft nylon net but the pen wall bottoms' were protected from ground predation with sheets of metal roofing varmints couldn't climb or tear through. The trick to keeping them from burrowing under was burying a foot or so of metal angling outward. Industrious predators will dig to China to get under a vertical barrier, but for whatever reason, won't back up in that attempt.
    That sounds alot like the pen that Jack Vollstedt used to have on his place in Niland (now owned by Andy Kahn) it looked alot like a baseball batting cage
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    Nicest pen I have seen was a Ten Mile Kennels.. Elevated and framed like a deck. Solid sides up 2-3 feet with wire cloth up the balance of the wall.. Roof. 1/4' wire cloth on the joists and a screen door. Looked much like a screen house. Had a pool inside and feeders on the walls. All the duck poo fell to a pea stone base covering and could me rinsed and limed as needed. Ducks walked on the cloth with ease. Had to walk on the joist edges but was easy to do. Cleanest ducks I ever threw.

    Being off the ground, no critters.

    Pen we have a the farm is basic fence panels with mesh top and rock base. Not muddy but not easy to keep clean either.
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    Are you looking to house birds long term, how many birds are we talking?

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    I'll dig up and post pic of a great bird pen at Pete & Kate Simonds in Stowe VT. It's nicely designed and keeps ducks well, has easy clean depression for water, has an easy catch area door operated from outside and is criteria proof to all but bears hell bent on tearin it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja View Post
    Are you looking to house birds long term, how many birds are we talking?
    I'm thinking of getting a big supply in spring.....enough to last through spring and summer.......in upstate NYS.

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    Here is Duck Pen @ Coppertop.
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    Here is Bird Pen from Rebel Ridge Farm. House Ducks and Pheasant.
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